Gatchina’s palace parks are valuable not just for what they contain today, but also for what they contained in past times. The centuries pass; owners come and go; but the parks preserve the images and memories of past years among their solitary columns and obelisks, their majestic temples and pavilions, their elegant summer-houses, their enigmatic stone ruins and age-old woods. In the morning, when the lakes of Gatchina’s palace parks are wreathed in a magical shroud of mist, history’s pages seem to live again.